For the half-year to 31 December 2011, Brambles reported sales revenue of US$2,366m from continuing operations (excluding the Recall business which is currently for sale), up 32% on a constant currency basis. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 22% to $385.1m. The numbers were flattered by the IFCO acquisition, which didn't contribute to the prior period’s results. More telling, perhaps, was the 14% growth in basic earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations, to US14.2 cents. Directors declared an interim dividend of A13 cents (ex date 5 Mar), 20% franked and unchanged from last year.
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